Gymnastics Maintains Floor, Vault Rankings

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • February 04, 2013 04:09 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following its season-best showing in its Big 12 Conference opener, the West Virginia University gymnastics team continues to rank nationally on floor and vault in this week’s GymInfo Poll.

The Mountaineers (4-4, 0-1 Big 12) moved up two spots to No. 16 (48.913) on floor and maintained their No. 22 (48.95) ranking on vault.

Though still unranked, WVU moved up four spots to No. 31 (194.5), in large part due to its season-best score of 196.05, earned in a second-place finish Friday night in its home opener against Oklahoma (197.375), Western Michigan (192.475) and William & Mary (192.225).

The Mountaineers made their biggest move of the week on beam, as they jumped up 12 spots to No. 31 (48.3). The squad also moved up two spots to No. 42 (48.338) on bars.

The nation’s top five remained unchanged. Florida continues to rank No. 1 (197.135), and the Sooners rank No. 2 (197.025). Michigan ranks No. 3 (196.855), and UCLA and Alabama rank No. 4 (196.719) and No. 5 (196.638), respectively.

Today’s rankings are based on season averages.

The Mountaineers did not move in the southeast regional rankings this week. The team continues to rank No. 5 overall, No. 3 on floor, No. 5 on vault and No. 6 on bars and beam.

Senior Kaylyn Millick owns the team’s top regional ranking, as she checks in at No. 9 (9.825) on floor. The Washington, Pa., native also ranks No. 15 (38.708) in the all-around.

Junior Hope Sloanhoffer owns four regional rankings. The Cornwall, N.Y., native ranks No. 11 (38.894) in the all-around, No. 16 (9.775) on floor, No. 24 (9.725) on bars and No. 25 (9.8) on vault.

Following her career beam debut on Friday night, senior Alaska Richardson paces the lineup with a No. 10 (9.775) ranking. The Dayton, Ohio, native also ranks No. 11 (9.819) on floor and No. 18 (9.825) on vault.

Freshmen Jaida Lawrence and Gina Costa are the team’s top-ranked gymnasts on vault and bars, respectively, as Lawrence ranks No. 15 (9.838) and Costa jumps into the poll at No. 19 (9.75) following her career debut.

Junior Erica Smith and freshman Melissa Idell rank No. 21 on bars (9.742) and floor (9.75), respectively, while sophomore Beth Deal ranks No. 14 (9.75) on beam.

Despite a loss in their first conference meet, the Mountaineers made up ground in the Big 12 poll, as the team now ranks No. 2 overall and in each event behind OU.

Lawrence is the highest-ranked Mountaineer in the Big 12, as the Rocky Hill, Conn., native is ranked No. 3 on vault. Three additional Mountaineers also earned vault rankings this week: No. 6 Richardson, No. 8 Sloanhoffer and No. 10 Millick (9.783).

Three Mountaineers are ranked on bars and floor each. Millick ranks No. 7 on floor, with Richardson and Sloanhoffer close behind at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively. Costa paces the bars unit at No. 7, while Smith ranks No. 9 and Sloanhoffer ranks No. 10.

Richardson and Deal rank No. 6 and No. 9, respectively, on beam, while Sloanhoffer and Millick check in at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively, in the all-around.

The Mountaineers return to the Coliseum on Sunday, Feb. 10, and play host to Iowa State at 3 p.m. The meet marks the return of “Beauty and the Beast,” and all tickets are available for one dollar each courtesy of United Bank.